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IEC launched its first virtual General Meeting – November 2020


Over 400 participants representing 84 countries were attending the first virtual IEC General Meeting. It consisted of 15 sessions that took place between 9 and 20 November. Participants could register to attend management meetings, thematic workshops and two open sessions to discuss specific IEC work items. The 2020 IEC General Meeting also marked the first GM that Philippe Metzger will attend in his official capacity as IEC General Secretary & CEO.

The move to an exclusively virtual format has been made to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has accelerated the process towards digitalization and the adoption of online tools for businesses around the world, including at the IEC. The 2020 General Meeting provided an opportunity to showcase the seamless transition made to an all-digital environment without hampering IEC core activities or services.

According to IEC President Dr Yinbiao Shu, “The IEC has shown strength and leadership throughout 2020. The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought to the forefront the importance of cooperation and at this IEC General Meeting we will have the opportunity to share our different experiences and approaches. It is only by working together that we can tackle the current emergency and any others that we may face.”

The General Secretary & CEO notes, “At the IEC, we are privileged to be able to leverage the unique know-how, insight and knowledge of thousands of experts representing almost every country and industry in the world. The General Meeting will mark an important occasion where we will be able to take stock of the past year and address some of the challenges that the IEC will need to consider in the years ahead.” (source

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